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Soybean association CEO nominated as deputy agriculture secretary


July 14, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated Steve Censky, CEO of the $21 million-revenue American Soybean Association, as deputy secretary of agriculture, although the St. Louis-based group hasn’t spelled out its leadership succession plan should Censky be confirmed by the Senate.

Censky has led ASA since 1996. Prior to joining the association, he worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service.

Censky’s nomination received the endorsement of the association’s governing committee. The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination, but no meeting date had been set as of July 14.